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Responsive Open Learning Environments

Outcomes of Research from the ROLE Project

  • Reports on results of four year EU funded research project, ROLE

  • Delivers best practices on how to develop and use PLEs

  • Provides tutorials on creating innovative learning widgets

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs): Visions and Concepts

    • Alexander Mikroyannidis, Sylvana Kroop, Martin Wolpers
    Pages 1-16Open Access
  3. Supporting Self-Regulated Learning

    • Alexander Nussbaumer, Ingo Dahn, Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Dietrich Albert
    Pages 17-48Open Access
  4. A Multidimensional Evaluation Framework for Personal Learning Environments

    • Effie Lai-Chong Law, Fridolin Wild
    Pages 49-77Open Access
  5. Case Study 1: Using Widget Bundles for Formal Learning in Higher Education

    • Helmut Vieritz, Carsten Ullrich, Erik Isaksson, Hans-Christian Schmitz, Bodo von der Heiden, Kerstin Borau et al.
    Pages 79-113Open Access
  6. Case Study 2: Designing PLE for Higher Education

    • Denis Gillet, Na Li
    Pages 115-133Open Access
  7. Case Study 3: Exploring Open Educational Resources for Informal Learning

    • Alexander Mikroyannidis, Teresa Connolly
    Pages 135-158Open Access
  8. Case Study 4: Technology Enhanced Workplace Learning

    • Michael Werkle, Manuel Schmidt, Diana Dikke, Simon Schwantzer
    Pages 159-184Open Access
  9. Lessons Learned from the Development of the ROLE PLE Framework

    • Sten Govaerts, Katrien Verbert, Evgeny Bogdanov, Erik Isaksson, Daniel Dahrendorf, Carsten Ullrich et al.
    Pages 185-217Open Access
  10. Commentary

    • Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Martin Wolpers
    Pages 219-240Open Access
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 241-252

About this book

This book presents the outcomes of four years of educational research in the EU-supported project called ROLE (Responsive Online Learning Environments). ROLE technology is centered around the concept of self-regulated learning that creates responsible learners, who are capable of critical thinking and able to plan their own learning processes.  ROLE allows learners to independently search for appropriate learning resources and then reflect on their own learning process and progress. To accomplish this, ROLE´s main objective is to support the development of open personal learning environments (PLE's). ROLE provides a framework consisting of “enabler spaces” on the one hand and tools, content, and services on the other. Utilizing this framework, learners are invited to create their own controlled and preferred learning environments to trigger and motivate self-regulated learning.

Authors of this book are researchers, developers and teachers who have worked in the ROLE project and belong to the ROLE partner consortium consisting of 16 internationally renowned research institutions, including those from 6 EU countries and China.  Chapters include numerous practical tutorials to guide the reader in creating innovative and useful learning widgets and present the best practices for the development of PLE's.


  • Controlled learning environment
  • EU ROLE Project
  • OER
  • Open educational resources
  • PLE
  • Personal learning environments

Editors and Affiliations

  • ZSI Vienna Centre for Social Innovation, Vienna, Austria

    Sylvana Kroop

  • Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

    Alexander Mikroyannidis

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT), Sankt Augustin, Germany

    Martin Wolpers

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Responsive Open Learning Environments

  • Book Subtitle: Outcomes of Research from the ROLE Project

  • Editors: Sylvana Kroop, Alexander Mikroyannidis, Martin Wolpers

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015

  • License: CC BY-NC

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-02398-4Published: 21 January 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-35170-4Published: 24 September 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-02399-1Published: 07 January 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 252

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations, 88 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Digital Education and Educational Technology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)